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How Does an AWD Car Benefit City Driving?

When purchasing a new vehicle, many consumers may question the benefit of buying an All-Wheel Drive when their driving is primarily in the city, and wonder if this is a function they really need? The short answer is: yes. AWD vehicles offer significant safety benefits to city drivers and consistently perform better in the city than other cars for a range of reasons. The safety benefits are dependent on the type of All-Wheel Drive system used in the car. In this article by Pfaff Subaru in Guelph, we will answering the question: “How does a Subaru AWD car benefit city driving?”

 

A true AWD car has far more safety benefits in the city than a Part Time AWD or 4WD vehicle. Understanding how an AWD operates differently to Part Time AWD and 4WD vehicles is important in order to understand the safety benefits an AWD provides. At Pfaff Subaru in Guelph, our customers can find AWD vehicles that will provide them with safety in all driving conditions.

 

Explaining Four Wheel Drive (4WD)

Cars are measured on an active safety point of view, which is the ability of the vehicle to assist the driver to avoid an accident. On this basis, 4WD vehicles have little to offer city drivers. 4WD vehicles are generally based on heavy truck platforms that use a manual 4WD system. Manually selected 4WD systems cannot be selected when driving on city streets and fuel consumption is generally higher.

 

Explaining Part Time All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

Some so-called AWD vehicles are actually only part time AWD. These vehicles switch to AWD when traction is lost on the primary drive axle. This means that stability and directional control can be lost before the AWD system activates, which effectively means part time AWD vehicles are in fact two-wheel drive at the time that most counts.

 

True All-Wheel Drive Benefits (AWD)

A true All-Wheel Drive vehicle drives on all four wheels all of the time, regardless of the type road surface or how the AWD vehicle is being used. The key benefit of this is safety. A true AWD vehicle, such as Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, always has twice the grip capacity to generate forward momentum. This is a significant safety benefit, because it means the stability and degree of driver control is greater than a rear wheel drive, front wheel drive or part time AWD car of the same weight and tire configuration when underdrive power.

 

In the safety stakes, a true AWD vehicle also outperforms the other categories in the city when it comes to cornering underdrive power. In an AWD vehicle, each tire transmits half the total drive force compared to a two-wheel drive car. Because the two-wheel drive car axle then has to transmit twice the forces of the AWD car, the two-wheel drive has less grip available for cornering forces.

 

So how does an AWD car benefit city driving? The answer is: Come into our Pfaff Subaru dealership in Guelph, and take an AWD vehicle out for a test drive! We encourage our customers to schedule a test drive on our website, or by getting in contact, via phone, with a Pfaff Subaru representative. Click here to find our contact information, schedule a test drive, or to fill out our contact form.